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UK finalises Jersey’s law enforcement data adequacy decision

14 December 2023

Personal data will continue to be transferred between the UK and Jersey law enforcement authorities following confirmation that Jersey’s data protection regime meets UK standards. 

The UK Government has confirmed that Jersey has the necessary data protection and privacy standards needed to safeguard UK personal data, enabling the transfer of personal data without the need for further safeguards or specific authorisation. 

The Minister for Sustainable Economic Development, Deputy Kirsten Morel, said: “We were always confident that Jersey would meet the UK’s data adequacy requirements since we have adhered to EU standards. However, it is heartening to have our position formally confirmed. 

​ “The decision will give UK authorities greater certainty and confidence in the regulatory landscape of Jersey as well as ensuring that Jersey can continue to help prevent crime and bring perpetrators to justice.” 

A law enforcement data adequacy decision is when the government determines a country, organisation or sector meets the UK’s standards by assessing its law enforcement data protection legislation. 

By finding the Island data adequate, the UK Government has concluded that Jersey has strong privacy laws in place, which will protect data transfers to Jersey while upholding the rights and protections of UK citizens. 

This is one of the first law enforcement data adequacy decisions made by the UK Government since leaving the EU.​

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